Bitter presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one more face-to-face showdown before Election Day. The venue Thursday night just 24 hours after their third and final debate is the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, a white-tie gala that every four years becomes a showcase for presidential politics. Tradition dictates that the candidates deliver humorous remarks poking fun at each other and themselves, a jovial custom that seems hard to envision amid such an ugly campaign.
For one mother of a child with autism, the arrival of her son’s new service dog brought profound joy and relief. In a post published on Oct. 18 on the show’s Facebook page, the mother in question can be seen crying with her hand to her face as her son leans casually against the sleeping dog named Tornado.
The Toronto Blue Jays' season is over after a five-game loss to Cleveland in the American League Championship Series. The era of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion anchoring the team's offence may have come to an end along with it. The veteran sluggers have been mainstays in the heart of the Blue Jays' lineup for years. Neither Bautista nor Encarnacion wanted to address their future plans after the game.
Protests during last year's moose cull have not caused Parks Canada to reconsider another harvest this year in an area of boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The harvest, held outside the regular provincial hunting season, is designed to cut the moose population in a 20-square-kilometre area on North Mountain in hope the boreal forest there will regenerate. It is conducted by Mi'kmaq hunters with the support of the Unima'ki Institute of Natural Resources.
For more than 20 years, mountain bikers in Metro Vancouver have flocked to the North Shore for its legendary trails. Many bikers, including pro rider and co-author of Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides, Wade Simmons, hadn't even realized the CMHC owned land on Mount Seymour. "They were a bit of an absent landowner, and I've never heard any issues in the 20, 25 years I've ridden on the Shore," said Simmons on Wednesday.
A new drone photography competition is launching to find the finest snaps of Britain from the air. The ‘400ft Britain’ contest is the brainchild of VisitEngland and the Civil Aviation Authority, and aims to celebrate the beauty of our green and pleasant land from an interesting new angle. All entries must abide by the Dronecode - the CAA’s guidelines for safe drone use. Pictures should be taken from no higher than 400ft and can’t be snapped within 50m of a person or building. VisitEngland Photography Manager, Jasmine Teer, said: “This is a great opportunity to not only showcase the beautiful and diverse scenery across our countryside from a new perspective but ultimately to inspire more people to get out and explore our nations and regions.”
Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, was pronounced dead at 11:49 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson after he was injected with the barbiturate pentobarbital. The Georgia Supreme Court said in a statement Wednesday it had unanimously denied defence requests to halt execution plans originally set for 7 p.m. Defence attorneys later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which also declined to stop the execution late Wednesday night. Cocciolone arrived in a wheelchair and sat in the front row of the witness area, as did Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard whose office prosecuted Lawler.
Chris Hughes loves to travel, but a nearly two-week stay in a Cuban detention centre was not what he planned on when he began his most recent vacation. “I am a successful businessman from Toronto with two locations, and all of my travels are for the thrill and adventure of visiting new places,” Hughes told Yahoo Canada News. Hughes, 38, a Toronto-based photographer and media entrepreneur, was visiting Cuba in September as part of a trip through the Americas, excited to visit and photograph.
New York City's mayor castigated a police sergeant Wednesday for fatally shooting a mentally ill, 66-year-old woman brandishing a baseball bat, saying her "tragic" and "unacceptable" death resulted from failure to follow basic policies. It's very hard to see that standard was met," a sombre Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The unusual rebuke came less than 24 hours after Deborah Danner, who is black, was shot to death in her Bronx apartment.
The inspiration struck Warren Huska after a particularly nasty run-in with a particularly nasty pick-up driver. A daily bike commuter riding 16 km each way on the mean streets of Toronto for years, he considered packing it in. At that moment, his daughter showed up with a pool noodle, and a life hack was born.
An Edmonton man who said he's desperate to stop his neighbourhood from becoming a construction zone is going to court over the Valley Line LRT. Millwoods resident Chris Christianson filed an injunction against the City of Edmonton, EPCOR, and ATCO Gas on Wednesday. Christianson's property borders the proposed site for new LRT tracks.
A sheriff's deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were responding to a call on County Road 115, in a rural area about 10 miles south of Alturas, when deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, was fatally shot. A video posted late Wednesday to the Modoc County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page showed about two dozen patrol cars with their emergency lights on riding down a town's street.
Vancouverites hoping to use the ride-sharing application Uber, or find more taxis on the city's streets, will have to wait another year. This means that there will be no new taxis on Vancouver streets until at least Oct. 2017, and that Uber cabs will be unable to break into B.C.'s taxi market. Vision Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs, who put forward the motion, said that he agrees Vancouver needs to increase its fleet of taxis, but that it "doesn't make sense" to issue new licenses until the province completes a review of B.C.'s taxi industry to determine how it can coexist with ride-sharing applications like Uber.
Scientists at the European Space Agency downplayed the likely loss of its Mars lander, saying Thursday that they gathered the data they needed for future missions. (Oct. 20)
Jada Francis, 8, has big plans for a career in law.
The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says refugees at camps in Greece are still living in mostly "appalling conditions" with poor access to health care and a lack of provisions to identify the most vulnerable. More than 60,000 refugees and migrants — many escaping wars in Syria and Iraq — have been stranded in Greece following European border closures this year. At the garbage-strewn refugee camp of Ritsona, 85 kilometres (50 miles) north of Athens, children walk barefoot and families in tents used wooden pallets for flooring to stay above the mud and try to stay warm.
Farm groups say they think federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau heard their concerns about moving grain by rail and they'll wait to see if changes are on track. Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay held a meeting in Saskatoon with more than a dozen farm groups as part of the development of a long-term plan for transportation in Canada. Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, says farmers want several things, including service standards to make sure railways respond to needs.
Several community groups in south Etobicoke say they're "astounded" their MP seems to be backing a local developer, instead of them, in their fight against city hall. CBC News has learned that two weeks ago, Liberal MP James Maloney approached Metrolinx's Chief Planner Leslie Woo and encouraged the agency to drop its appeal of a controversial rezoning decision made by city council this summer. Martin Gerwin of the Mimico Lakeshore Community Network, an umbrella group representing seven neighbourhood organizations, told CBC News "there's been no public consultation that we know of that the community is behind [Maloney].
Scientists at the European Space Agency downplayed the likely loss of its Mars lander, saying Thursday that a wealth of data sent back by the experimental probe would help them prepare for a future mission to the red planet. The Schiaparelli lander was designed mainly to test technology for a European robotic mission to Mars in 2020 and avoid the fate of Europe's Beagle 2 probe, which failed to deploy after landing in 2003. Data received from Schiaparelli show that it entered the atmosphere as planned Wednesday and used its parachute to successfully slow down in the harsh Martian atmosphere, but its signal was lost shortly before the expected touchdown.
Several businesses and organizations in Ontario are in hot water after their attempts at being funny backfired on social media. On Monday, Napa AutoPro on Wellington Road in London posted the phrase “Clown Lives Matter,” on its leaderboard outside. The auto repair shop’s supervisor told the London Free Press it was meant to be a joke referencing the phenomenon of creepy clown sightings across North America, which struck the southwestern Ontario city on Oct. 6 in the form of an online threat.
First Nations on Vancouver Island are calling out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a lack of action on fishing rights. Several court rulings have upheld commercial fishing rights for five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations on Vancouver Island's west coast, but negotiations over the past seven years that would allow them to take part in the industry have stagnated. At a Wednesday meeting in Vancouver, they and other Indigenous leaders used the one-year anniversary of the federal Liberals being in power to express their frustrations.
When 11-year-old Erica Bucciacchio saw an ad to be a contestant on one of her favourite cooking shows Chopped Canada, she jumped at the chance. Bucciacchio was confident walking into the competition on Chopped Canada, but cooking under a 30-minute deadline was tough. One contestant is eliminated each round, until one is crowned the Chopped Canada junior champion.
In a significant escalation of the battle for Mosul, elite Iraqi special forces joined the fight Thursday, unleashing a pre-dawn assault on an Islamic State-held town east of the besieged city, and the U.S. military announced the first American combat death since the operation began. U.S. officials said the American service member died Thursday from wounds sustained in a roadside bomb explosion north of Mosul. The American had been operating as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in support of the Iraqi Kurdish force known as the peshmerga, the U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details.
Calgary police say they're back to square one with their plan to equip all front-line officers with body cameras after technical problems forced them to pull the cameras, and now, the force is on the hunt for a new supplier. Acting Deputy Chief James Hardy says police couldn't come to an agreement with the vendor on how to sort out what CPS calls technical glitches with the technology. Mount Royal University criminologist Kelly Sundberg says several law enforcement agencies are facing challenges with body cameras.
The break-in at the group's storage shed in Sooke was discovered Oct. 12 and the group estimates $6,000 worth of pet food was taken. Margarita Dominguez, the president of the pet food bank board of directors, said the loss is devastating for her group as well as the homeless and low-income pet owners it serves. "We had food packed almost to the ceiling and the walls and it's gone," Dominguez told All Points West guest host David Lennam.